Fashion Museum – Dress of the Year
The Fashion Museum is proud to announce the Dress of the Year 2009. Lucy Yeomans, editor of the glossy fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar, has chosen a dress designed by Antonio Berardi for the coveted title of Dress Of The Year.
Gwyneth Paltrow wore Berardi’s Dress Of The Year for the premiere of her film Two Lovers in Paris in November 2008. The black and white trompe l’oeil corset dress featuring lace panelling was originally shown in Berardi’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection. The combination of the graphic monochromatic look and body conscious silhouette (two of the biggest trends of 2009) make it a front runner in the fashion stakes, but the dress also pre-empted the vogue for see-through, underwear-as-outerwear looks that have been paraded on the international catwalks for Spring/Summer 2010.
Each year since 1963, when the museum was founded in Bath, we have asked a fashion expert to select a dress or outfit for the museum’s collection to represent the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion. The chosen designers or manufacturers have always very generously given the clothes to the Fashion Museum and the firm of Adel Rootstein donates an up-to-date mannequin for the display.
Dress of the Year choices from 1963 to 2009 are listed on the left.